Date
26 July 2017
Legislator Junius Ho's courtroom selfie can still be seen on his Facebook page. Photo: Facebook/Junius Ho
Legislator Junius Ho's courtroom selfie can still be seen on his Facebook page. Photo: Facebook/Junius Ho

DOJ won’t press charges against legislator over courtroom selfie

Legislator Junius Ho Kwan-yiu opened himself up to contempt of court last year after posting on Facebook a selfie he took at a courtroom on April 28, news website HK01.com reports.

Ho was pictured inside the premises of a court where a case involving the illegal sale of rights to build small houses in the New Territories was being heard.

He uploaded the photo on his Facebook page, with a caption saying, “We are awaiting success in the 28th courtroom, good luck Uncle Pui!”

Some say he should be prosecuted under Summary Offences Ordinance Article No. 7, which states that taking photos in a courtroom is not allowed.

Ho told Ming Pao Daily that the person who reported about his courtroom selfie to the police had ill intentions, and was probably trying to harass him.

On Tuesday police said they would not press charges against Ho in connection with the picture-taking, but did not offer any explanation.

A Department of Justice spokesperson said the evidence available does not lead to a reasonable prospect of conviction.

Besides, Article No. 7 was only intended to prevent the taking of pictures of judges and members of the jury in court, and as such, it is in the government’s interest not to press charges, the spokesperson said.

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